Written by Rita Williams-Garcia
Mockingjay may have been the book that almost everyone was reading and talking about this year, but the recently announced winner of the first big Children’s/YA lit. award of the year is Mockingbird (mok’ing-bûrd). Written by Kathryn Erskine, the middle grade novel joins a growing number of recent books told from the point of view of a child or teen character on the autistic spectrum.
The National Book foundation has given yearly awards for the best American fiction, nonfiction and poetry since 1950. In the past sixteen years they have also awarded books in a Young People’s Literature category. This list includes all winners and finalists of the award since it began in 1996. Each year’s winner is listed first …